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12/16/08 Faculty Retirement Announcement
12/05/08 Seminarians complete formation program
11/30/08 Alumnus killed in auto accident
11/22/08 Diaconate ordination
09/07/08 SHST community experiences culture of foreign students
08/29/08 New semester begins
05/30/08 SHST professor's book published
05/27/08 Board officers elected

Faculty Retirement Announcement

Fr. Paul Grizzelle-Reid, SCJ, Director of the English as a Second Language program, and Ms. Peg Boyles, Director of Public Relations, are retiring in December after many years of service to the SHST community. Fr. Reid has been at Sacred Heart for 20 years while Ms. Boyles has been at Sacred Heart for 22 years.

There was a special mass on December 3, where they both were blessed by the entire SHST community. Afterwards, there was a luncheon held in their honor, and they participated in the Rite of Sending with the seminarians completing their programs. The Rite of Sending is the community's chance to pray for the students and retirees, and to bless them as they continue their journeys.

As they begin their retirement, Peg will be helping with the transition to a new director of public relations. She is also looking forward to new opportunities although she admits she will enjoy simply being able to sit out on her deck and work in her garden. Fr. Paul will be heading to San Diego where he says he plans to spend his mornings praying while gazing at the ocean from his apartment, taking classes, and visiting wounded veterans in the afternoons.

SHST is grateful for all their years of service and wishes them the fullest of God's blessings in their retirement! If you would like to contact them, they can be reached at and


Fr. Jan de Jong, President-Rector, and Fred Anthony
blessing Fr. Paul Grizzelle-Reid and Ms. Peg Boyles
during a special mass December 3, 2008.


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Seminarians complete program
In December seven Sacred Heart seminarians completed their programs preparing them for ordained priesthood: Deacon Fred Anthony, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon; Deacon William DeCrans, Diocese of Crookston; Deacon Santiago Hoyumpa, Diocese of Gaylord; Deacon Donald Kania, Diocese of Superior; Deacon Thomas Layton, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon; Deacon Eladio Vieyra Gomez, Diocese of Boise; and Br. Deacon Jonah Wharff, OCSO, New Melleray Abbey.They return to their sponsoring dioceses to await ordination. In addition, Juan Urrea completed his program and received a Master of Arts in theology degree.

Seated during the Rite of Sending December 3 (L-R): Thomas Layton, Eladio Vieyra Gomez, Br. Jonah Wharff, OSCO, Donald Kania, Santiago Hoyumpa, William DeCrans and Fred Anthony.

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Alumnus killed in auto accident
Fr. Philip Chung-Jin Kim, class of 2004, Diocese of San Antonio, Texas, was killed Sunday morning, November 30, in a one-vehicle rollover in Atascosa County.

Kim, 76, died when he lost control of his 2000 Toyota 4Runner on I-37 south of Pleasanton at around 11 a.m. Kim's vehicle rolled several times, and he was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene. State troopers do not know what caused Fr. Kim to lose control or if he was wearing a seat belt. He was on his way back from a fishing trip from Port Aransas, where he had spent the Thanksgiving weekend with family.

Fr. Kim helped found San Antonio’s only Korean Catholic church in Leon Springs. He was a deacon at the church, and when his wife died in 1999, he went to Sacred Heart School of Theology to study for the priesthood. He was ordained a priest in 2004 and spent the past four years as an associate pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Selma.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, December 5, at 10 A.M. at Our lady of Perpetual Help Church, San Antonio.

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Diaconate ordination
Four Sacred Heart seminarians were ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, November 22, in the Sacred Heart Chapel. Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett, DD, Archdiocese of Seattle, was the presider. Ordination to the diaconate is the final step before ordination to the priesthood. The seminarians who were ordained are Bryon Dickey, Patrick O’Hogan, Todd Strange, and Gerald Burns, all studying for the Archdiocese of Seattle where they will return to minister.

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ESL students present annual cultural fair

Every year the English as a Second Language students offer the seminary community an opportunity to experience the cultures of their homelands. They create displays, cook and serve native foods and beverages, and sing and dance in their first language. While they are at Sacred Heart to learn English, they teach the community about the countries of their birth as well.

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New semester begins
Twenty new students from 13 dioceses and two religious congregations, arrived on campus on Sunday, August 17. They spent their first week becoming familiar with the campus, the city of Milwaukee and their new life as a seminarian-student. They attended orientation sessions on human and spiritual formation, academic formation, pastoral formation, the library, and liturgy. They made new friends and were reassured by returning students, faculty and staff that their journey to priesthood would be grace-filled and successful. Click here to see the SHST New Faces.

The pagentry-filled opening liturgy on Wednesday, August 27, gave them their first opportunity to pray with the entire Sacred Heart School of Theology community. Faculty (right), in academic robes, committed themselves to help in the formation of the seminarians.

In his homily, Very Rev.Thomas Cassidy, SCJ, provincial superior of the Priests of the Sacred Heart and president of the seminary's board of directors, assured all the students that the community always prays for them.

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Vice rector's translation published
Sacred Heart School of Theology Vice Rector Rev. Thomas Knoebel, PhD, has published an English translation of Isidore of Seville : De Ecclesiasticis Officiis (Ancient Christian Writers). This is the first complete English translation of this important work of Isidore, the last Latin Father of the Church. Isidore is one of the most influential Latin theologians in the West until Trent. He was a strong advocate of clerical education, a precursor of the Tridentine seminary system, and a reformer of Church life.

Knoebel's book is the fullest description available and provides a rare account of 7th-century Spanish liturgy and Church life and practice. It demonstrates the variety of Latin liturgies in the West. It is published by Paulist Press and available on

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Sacred Heart elects new board officers
Mary J. Meehan (left), PhD, FACHE, president of Alverno College, Milwaukee, was elected chairperson of the Sacred Heart School of Theology Board of Directors. Meehan, who has served on the board since 2005, succeeds Michael Falbo, in that position. She will serve a two-year term, May 2008 through May 2010.

Barbara Anne Cusack (right), JCD, chancellor for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, was elected vice chair. She became a member of the Sacred Heart board in 1997. Cusack will also serve a two-year term, May 2008 through May 2010.

Prior to becoming president of Alverno in 2004, Meehan was the executive vice president for administration at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. Throughout her career she has enthusiastically served her profession, community and various civic groups. Currently she is a member of the board of directors of several organizations including the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association, Georgian Court University, Milwaukee area Technical College President's Advisory Board, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Wisconsin Foundation of Independent Colleges and the Women's College Coalition.

Cusack received a degree in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. After serving as judge for the metropolitan tribunal of the Archdiocese of Chicago, she joined the Milwaukee Archdiocese as associate chancellor in 1987 and became chancellor in 1994. She is archdiocesan director of administrative services, promoter of justice on the Administrative Tribunal and judge on the Metropolitan Court of Appeals.

Alan Bembenek was elected secretary-treasurer. He is general counsel for Catholic Knights, a not-for-profit Fraternal Benefit Society headquartered in Milwaukee with 148 branches and over 80,000 members located throughout 14 states.

Very Rev. Jan de Jong, SCJ,STD, president-rector of Sacred Heart School of Theology, commented, “Sacred Heart is extremely fortunate to have the expertise and dedication of Dr. Mary Meehan to help guide the seminary forward. Barbara Anne Cusack's presence on the board has added the perspectiveof the Milwaukee church that has been extremely beneficial, and I know it will continue as she moves into her new role as vice chairperson. I look forward to the future, and I am grateful to these individuals and all our board members for the commitment they have made to Sacred Heart School of Theology.”

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